Living a healthy lifestyle eating right and staying active pays off in so many ways. To begin with, healthy living significantly reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And if that’s not enough, it also helps sharpen your memory and keep you mentally alert and emotionally balanced. Eating and living healthy is the foundation of a successful, prosperous and happy life. What else could you want?
How can you begin eating and living healthy? Easy! Start by simplifying your diet. Rather than going on some strict calorie counting, portion measuring crash diet, start making small, easily managed steps to create a new healthy lifestyle.
For example, transform your daily diet one meal at a time. And there’s no better place to start than breakfast. Instead of grabbing a quick coffee and doughnut to start your day, take the small amount of time it takes to fix yourself a bowl of fresh (or frozen) fruit, low fat yogurt and some unsweetened cereal or granola. It’s a great way to get your metabolism up and running and boosting your energy.
And instead of having a burger, fries and a shake for lunch, fix yourself salad of dark green lettuce with a wide variety of colorful fruit or vegetables and a low fat, low calorie dressing on the side. Brightly colored fruit and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant phytonutrients and essential fiber.
It’s also a good idea to have five or six smaller meals spread out every couple of hours rather than planning three big square meals a day. Eating several smaller meals does a much better job of keeping your metabolism going and your energy level on an even keel.
Eating healthy is not just about what foods you eat. How you eat is just as important. Too many people think of meals not as nourishment but as something they have to gulp down as they rush from one activity to another. Create a new habit of taking the time to chew your food slowly, savoring every taste and texture.
And definitely pay attention to your body. Don’t confuse thirst for hunger. Eat only when you’re really hungry and stop eating before you’re full. It takes a while for your brain to send a signal to your body that you have enough to eat, so eat slowly enough for the communication to take place.
The decision to live a healthy life requires the conscious effort of changing how you have been living your life. This decision shouldn’t be made on a whim. You also cannot expect things to go easily. There will be times when you will be tempted to revert back to your old habits, but if you are really committed and really want to avoid serious health problems like cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, you will always be motivated to continue with living healthy.
Motivation is the key to any endeavor. Stay focused. Motivate yourself into living healthy and reducing your risks of getting cancer, diabetes, and heart attacks by making mini-goals you can easily achieve. Your main goal is to live healthy. Mini-goals will help you reach your main goal more easily. With mini-goals, you see yourself improving every day and getting somewhere with what you are doing. This is very important. Knowing that you are improving is a good motivation.